Working Girl (TV series)

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Working Girl
Genre Sitcom
Created by Kimberly Hill
Tom Patchett
Written by Sandy Frank
Vicki S. Horwitz
Lawrence Konner
Lisa Rosenthal
Robin Schiff
Directed by Robert Berlinger
Matthew Diamond
Starring Sandra Bullock
Patrick Brock
Nana Visitor
Judy Prescott
George Newbern
Edye Byrde
Tom O'Rourke
Anthony Tyler Quinn
David Schramm
B.J. Ward
Theme music composer Carly Simon
Opening theme "Let the River Run"
Composer(s) W.G. Snuffy Walden
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Kenneth Kaufman
Tom Patchett
Producer(s) Vicki S. Horwitz
Lawrence Konner
Editor(s) Leslie Dennis Bracken
Steve Cioffi
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Patchett Kaufman Entertainment
20th Century Fox Television
Original network NBC
Original release April 16 (1990-04-16) – July 30, 1990 (1990-07-30)
Preceded by Working Girl

Working Girl is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from April to July 1990. Loosely based on the 1988 film of the same name starring Melanie Griffith, the series stars Sandra Bullock as Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith's character in the film), in a role that was initially meant for Nancy McKeon.[1]


Tess McGill is a spunky, independent secretary who has suddenly become a junior executive after she charms company owner A.J. Trask. Tess' first challenge is to survive working with her antagonistic, uptight immediate boss, Mrs. Bryn Newhouse, otherwise known as the "company witch." Tess' best friend, Lana Peters, is a secretary who is more interested in doing her nails and rooting for Tess than in getting ahead herself. Meanwhile, Everett Rutledge is a fellow junior executive who is charming but eager to please. Libby Wentworth is Tess' world-wise "permanent temporary" secretary who is also a moonlighting musician. Back home each night on Staten Island, Tess has to contend with her doting parents, Joe and Fran. Tess also has to contend with Sal Pascarella, the blue-collar neighborhood Romeo who constantly pursues her.

Reception and cancellation[edit]

Debuting as a midseason replacement, Working Girl drew low ratings and was canceled after eight of the twelve episodes produced aired.



Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Dream On" April 16, 1990
1-2 "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" April 23, 1990
1-3 "A Friend in Need" April 30, 1990
1-4 "McJoe's" May 7, 1990
1-5 "It's Only Love" May 14, 1990
1-6 "Hungry Heart" July 16, 1990
1-7 "Just One of Those Things" July 23, 1990
1-8 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" July 30, 1990
1-9 "Get Back (a.k.a. Back in the Saddle Again)" Never aired
1-10 "Two's a Crowd" Never aired
1-11 "We Can Work It Out" Never aired
1-12 "Oh, Brother" Never aired

Production notes[edit]

The series was created by Kimberly Hill and Tom Patchett. Kenneth Kaufman and Tom Patchett served as executive producers.

"Let the River Run" (which was also featured in the motion picture) was the series' theme song.[2]


The series briefly reran on TV Land in the 1990s after Bullock became a major motion-picture star.


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2007-10-17). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 1538. ISBN 0-345-49773-2. 
  2. ^ Working Girl TV Show Intro (HQ) on YouTube

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